Windham remembers former Red Sox skipper Zimmer
Flowers were placed at a plaque honoring late Red Sox manager Don Zimmer at Don Zimmer Field in Windham. Zimmer died Wednesday. (ADAM SWIFT/Union Leader correspondent)
Zimmer’s daughter, Donna Zimmer Mollica, is a longtime Windham resident and his granddaughter, Whitney, was a softball star at Salem High School and the University of Massachusetts before beginning her own successful coaching career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
Selectman Bruce Breton noted that Zimmer had to scrap his way into Major League Baseball as a player, and once he was in, he stayed involved in the game for over six decades.
Sullivan said Zimmer would go out of his way to donate to and help raise money for the Windham baseball and softball programs.
Former selectman Charlie McMahon was the president of the Windham Baseball League in the early 2000s when Griffin Park went from a dream to a reality.
“Don was a decades-long supporter of Windham baseball and softball,” said McMahon. “The idea was to honor the man while he was still with us and dedicate the field in his honor.”
In addition to Zimmer, then-New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, and former Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli were on hand to help honor Zimmer.
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